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General information

The 2024 edition of the Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale takes place in the JAX District in Diriyah, a town adjacent to the capital city of Riyadh and home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Al Turaif.

The curatorial team of the 2024 Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale is led by the globally renowned curator Ute Meta Bauer as Artistic Director, with Co-Curators: Wejdan Reda (SA), Anca Rujoiu (RO), and Rose Lejeune (UK), and with Adjunct Curator Rahul Gudipudi (IN).

Together, they bring experiences and insights from diverse geographic backgrounds, extending the Biennale exhibition with artistic formats such as performance, sound, research-based practices, and digital forms.

Opening Hours

Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale 2024 Operational Hours

Saturday to Thursday

11:00 am - 11:00 pm


03:00 pm - 12 am

Ramadan Hours

08:00 pm - 02:30 am

General Admissions
general admission
Group Tours
Group Tours
King Faisal Road, Ad-Diriyah, PO Box 3424, Riyadh 13711, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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Ticket information

Group Tours

  • All tour bookings are subject to availability.
  • Tour duration can vary from 30 minutes to one hour.
  • Tour booking is considered confirmed only upon receiving a confirmation email and after payment is received.
  • Any changes to the booking must be made in accordance with the exhibition’s policy.

  • Full payment is required at the time of booking.
  • Group tour cost is 200 SAR to be paid upon booking the tour on the website.
  • Payments must be made online through CAB official website.
  • All prices are inclusive of applicable taxes.
  • Tickets are non-reusable.
  • Ticket price does not include refreshments or meals.
  • No refund for cancellations or no show.

  • Participants must arrive at the exhibition at least 15 minutes before the scheduled tour time.
  • Latecomers may join the tour at the discretion of the Biennale staff, but no refunds will be provided for missed portions of the tour.
  • Participants must follow the instructions and guidelines provided by Tour Guides during the tour.
  • DCAB reserves the right to refuse entry or remove participants who disrupt the tour or violate exhibition policies.

  • Participants must adhere to all health and safety guidelines provided.

  • Cameras are not allowed in the tour and will require special permit. Photography is only allowed by phones and may be restricted in certain areas of the exhibition.
  • Participants must adhere to posted guidelines and instructions from security, hosts and tour guides.

  • DCAB reserves the right to modify these terms and conditions at any time.
  • Participants will be notified of any changes through the exhibition's official communication channels.

  • To book simply pick the date and time from the program list you would like to visit.
  • Sign up for main guest details.
  • You can book tickets up to a maximum of eight people in your group.
  • Once the reservation is completed, the main guest receives a QR code via email.

  • After completing the purchase/booking, proceed to the payment.
  • Choose payment method type: Apple Pay, MasterCard, Visa, American Express

Please note: Scan your ticket at the door. You can scan your paper or mobile ticket at the entrance. Event staff of the Diriyah Contemporary Arts Biennale are present for assistance.

  • Tickets will be provided for the group reservation and for the admission of the group members.
  • Tickets purchased online are time-stamped and valid only for the chosen service, date and time.
    The ticket provided by the DCAB will include:
    • - The name of the Buyer or group leader
    • - The description of the service sold and the price in SAR.
    • - The dates and times of the service
    • - A barcode to allow exhibition staff to check tickets.
    • - Conditions of use of the e-ticket and access to the service ordered.
  • The ticket is printable upon validation of the payment in the form of an e-ticket or downloadable in the form of an m-ticket. It is accessible via a link and can be printed from the confirmation email.
  • Tickets may be presented at the ticket check point on a telephone screen or printed. They must not be changed or tampered with in any way, and must be presented as they were printed or downloaded.
  • Any person found to be illegally reproducing a ticket and/or using a counterfeit ticket may be prosecuted.
  • The DCAB shall not be held responsible in the event of loss, theft or the use of copies without the Buyer's knowledge, including on the exhibition's premises.
  • In the case of the breach of a condition provided for in this article, the DCAB reserves the right to deny access to the service in question.
Group Visits

  • Group visits shall be conducted under the supervision of a group leader who shall be responsible for ensuring full compliance with the exhibition regulations by all group members as well as the discipline of the group. The group must remain together for the entire visit.
  • Groups must enter the collections at the time reserved. If the group arrives any later than thirty minutes after the reservation, their reservation and admission tickets shall no longer be valid and no refund shall be granted.
  • Groups can only access the group welcome area under the pyramid upon presentation of the reservation by the group leader. If they do not hold this, while the group leader undertakes the necessary formalities, the group must wait outside of the exhibition, without blocking passages, as instructed by the reception and security staff.
  • One reservation and one ticket grant single access to the relevant service and any exit is final.
  • The group leader shall ensure that the group visitor tickets remain clearly visible for the duration of the visit.
  • Group visitors shall under no circumstances disturb other visitors. On an exceptional basis, when the rooms are overcrowded, reception and security staff may limit or prevent guides from speaking publicly.
  • Inspection of compliance with exhibition rules
  • Exhibition reception and security staff may perform random inspections at any time during the visit.
  • If the staff notice that these rules are not being complied with, the group leader shall be temporarily have their right to perform group tours in the exhibition suspended by the DCAB.
  • Suitcases and large bags are prohibited.

  • To Book A Ticket, Either Register By Providing The Necessary Information Or Login If You Already Have An Account.
  • After Logging In, Choose The Desired Program Type.
  • Select The Time And Date Of Your Choice Then Click “Book Session”.
  • After Choosing The Appropriate Time, Date, And Any Other Options, Enter The Details Of Your Ticket. Usually, This Contains Your Phone Number, Email Address, First And Last Name. The Website Might Also Request More Details, Such As Nationality And Age Group.
  • Use The (Yes/No) Radio Buttons To Indicate Whether You Plan To Bring Any More Friends, Family, Or Guests.
  • Should You Decide To Invite Any Additional Friends Or Family With A Maximum Of 8 Guests, Pick The Number Of Guests From The Drop-Down List, Then Click The "Add Guest Details" Button. Complete Every Guest's Information, Then Click The "Review The Details" Button. If The Primary User Has Added Guests To The Platform In A Previous Stage, Those Guests Will Be Listed Here For Easy Access.
  • If You Choose Not To Bring Any Guests, You May Proceed By Clicking On The “Review Ticket Details” Button To Go To The “Review Details” Page.
  • Review The Ticket Details. If You Wish To Edit Anything, Click On The “Edit Details” Button And A Pop-Up Screen Is Displayed Where The User Can Edit His Details. Click On “Update My Details” Once You Are Done.
  • Click On “Generate Entry Tickets” To Proceed To The Confirmation Page, Where The User Can See A Summary Of His Booking Details.
  • After Completion, The User May Proceed To The Payment Gateway.
  • Once The Booking Is Completed, Users Receive A Labeled QR Code Via Email. If Any Guests Are Added, Their Specific QR Code Is Sent To The Main User's Email Address.
  • Users Enter The Event Using The QR Code.

creative ways to explore

With an audio guide, you can simply listen to the information as you move at your own pace, making the experience more efficient and flexible. This is particularly beneficial for those who like to take their time exploring a site or for visitors with limited time who want to cover as much ground as possible.

General information

At the Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale, we've got you covered every step of the way! Grab one of our handy guides at the reception area, where our friendly hosts await your arrival. These guides are like magical beacons, shining light on the what, why, and sometimes how of each incredible artwork.

Once armed with your guide, get ready to embark on a journey through our mesmerizing exhibition! Explore a world of creativity and imagination, where every painting, sculpture, and installation has a story to tell while teaching you a fun fact or two. With themes ranging from the fantastical to the thought-provoking, there's something here for everyone to enjoy.

So come on down and join us at the Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale. Let your curiosity lead the way as you unravel the intricate world within our exhibition’s walls. It's sure to be an adventure you won't forget!

The teacher’s guide serves as a valuable resource, encompassing detailed information for the designated tour, including artworks, artists, maps, and educational materials. Designed to spark wonder and curiosity in children, as well as information for the teachers, the guide covers a spectrum of topics from academic subjects like climate change to the intrinsic value of art. Its purpose is to assist teachers in guiding students through the biennale experience, offering a wealth of knowledge and insight. Having access to a copy of the guide can greatly enhance the journey for everyone involved. Click on the link to access the guide, it will help navigate the Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale 2024.

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Opening Hours

Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale 2024 Operational Hours

Saturday to Thursday - 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

Fridays - 03:00 pm - 12 am

Ramadan Hours - 08:00 pm - 02:30 am

General information

Getting Here

  • Get Here by Transportation Network Services / Ride Sharing Services
  • Careem cars are readily available in the area. Simply request a ride from a nearby driver and input our address for a convenient drop-off.

If you're commuting by your personal car, please use the following address for GPS navigation:

King Faisal Road, Ad-Diriyah
PO Box 3424, Riyadh 13711
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

  • We offer free of charge nearby public parking and valet parking service
  • Public Parking Pin Location

Entering the exhibition

  • We warmly welcome your visit. Please review the following Visitor Guidelines prior to your visit:
    1. Food and drinks are not allowed inside the galleries.
    2. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
    3. The art is here for you to study, admire, and explore. Please do not touch the artwork, frames, platforms, labels, display cases, or anything used to protect the art.
    4. Please refrain from any conduct that poses any risk to other visitors and Contemporary Art Biennale staff, to the galleries collections and facilities or its hygiene.
    5. Please be mindful of other visitors and speak in low voice, whether in person or using cell phone.
    6. Please do not run or excessively move around inside the exhibition.
    7. Please dress modestly respecting the customs and traditions of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
    8. No littering, vandalism, bonfires, scribbling and spraying on public artworks or sites.
    9. Our public artworks are under surveillance. Offenders will be prosecuted and fined.
    10. Please use designated routes, entrances and car parks.
    11. No motor vehicles allowed past designated car park points.
    12. Contemporary Art Biennale management is allowed to regulate the number of visitors in the gallery spaces.

  • What is not allowed
    1. Use of flash is not allowed
    2. Selfie sticks, tripods, monopods, drones, and professional video equipment are not allowed
    3. Filming and live-streaming, whether for personal or commercial purposes, are not permitted without written permission from Diriyah Biennale Foundation is not allowed
    4. Photographing other visitors or the Biennale staff is not allowed

  • Weapons of any kind including sharp objects
  • Bags larger than 35cm x 36cm x 15cm
  • Bats and clubs
  • Aerosol cans
  • Illegal drugs
  • Fireworks
  • Drones
  • Artificial noisemakers
  • Projectiles
  • Video cameras
  • Laser pointers
  • Large radios
  • Scooters, strollers, bicycles, roller-skates, and skateboards
  • Non-service animals
  • Inappropriate attire or signage
  • Large banners or flags
  • Mace or pepper spray
  • Any item deemed by management to be dangerous or inappropriate.


Audio guides for Enriched Experience

Enhance your exhibition visit with our audio guide service, providing insightful additional information about our exhibits. Immerse yourself in the rich stories and in-depth explanations behind each artwork as you explore our collections.

Our audio guides are available in 2 languages: Arabic and English

  • Pick up your audio guide device at the Exhibition reception at a nominal refundable deposit fee.
  • You can also scan the QR code on the artwork labels and access the audio guide feature directly on your smartphone.

Contemporary Art Biennale offers visitors a free, supervised cloakroom where you can leave your bag or luggage safely. It is located on level 1 on the left side of the main entrance at the main reception area.

For visitors with mobility problems Contemporary Art Biennale offers free wheelchair hire from the reception desk (subject to availability).

Visit our Lost and Found desk located at the main Reception area to report any lost or found item.

The Biennale design store

General information

The Biennale Design Store is a new home for contemporary art and design in Diriyah – a physical place for emerging local and international artists to share their work. With a curated offering of exclusive artist collaborations and unique products, the store invites audiences to take a piece of the Biennale home with them.

The store is much more than a traditional gift shop: it is a platform to spotlight the works of emerging artists, illustrators, and designers, particularly from the Arab world. The store will house a rotating collection of limited-edition series that include apparel, decorative and functional objects, and works of art, prioritizing accessibility and quality. Informed by our dedication to nurturing creative expression, we pay special attention to collaborations with budding artists from the region, creating an avenue for them to showcase their creative practices to a wider audience.

The Biennale Design Store aspires to support and engage artists and to put art within reach of all. Through thoughtful curation and meaningful collaborations, we are creating a place where creatives can exhibit their artistic practices, develop relationships within the local creative community, and turn their work into tangible collectibles – expanding on the spirit of the Biennale and offering new opportunities for discovery and delight.

Opening times : 11AM – 11PM

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